Meaning of “precede” in the English Dictionary

"precede" in British English

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precedeverb [ T ]

uk /prɪˈsiːd/ us /priːˈsiːd/

C2 to be or go before something or someone in time or space:

Kofi Annan preceded Ban Ki-moon as the Secretary-General of the UN.
It would be helpful if you were to precede the report with an introduction.

More examples

  • This evening's talk will be preceded by a brief introduction from Mr Appleby.
  • Verbs usually precede objects in English.
  • The attacks were preceded by a period of unrest in the capital city.
  • He preceded Dennis Healey as the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • I'm not sure if I fully understand the sentence which precedes this one.

(Definition of “precede” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"precede" in American English

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precedeverb [ T ]

us /prɪˈsid/

to be or go before someone or something in time or space:

John Adams preceded Thomas Jefferson as president.
Nouns are often preceded by adjectives
preceding
adjective [ not gradable ] us /prɪˈsi·dɪŋ/

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(Definition of “precede” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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